My father was a collector of antique tools, to my mother’s collection of antique kitchen utensils. I love them both for their often quirky, try to figure out what they initially are for, yet always quality craftsmanship.
Antique Tools for the Workshop
My Dad’s collection of antique tools had a lot of iron amongst it, heavy black with wood handles. He showcased many of the older ones on a wall in his workshop. I loved looking at that wall. Some were fairly obvious, wrenches and hand drills, but some I still don’t have an idea to this day what they did.
Pumpjack is another collector of old tools. (They say you marry someone like your father, and certainly in this area, the two are simpatico.) However, in his case he loves to use them. He oils and sharpens, hones and carves new handles. Even his tools to work on his tools are old.
Start with a Workbench
With the anticipated restoration of our new (old) home, the first thing Pumpjack is doing is building a work bench, aka Paul Sellers. If you are into wood working with hand tools and you haven’t discovered Paul Sellers, you are in for a treat. He will use old wooden plains, hand drills and choose from a large collection of now finely tuned hand saws.
He says the work bench is our ground zero, our starting point of the restoration. Once you have the work bench done, the world becomes your oyster and all projects are doable. That is quite a work bench I must say.
You Can’t Beat Craftsmanship
It’s my understanding that the reason many people now use newer, let alone powered tools, is supposedly they are easier, but also lighter. However, there is definitely a reason why antique tools are still around. They are pure quality craftsmanship. Antique tools are easy to repair (comparatively), easy to maintain and most of all were made to last. Hence why they are still found relatively easily today.
Don’t get me wrong, we still have power tools in our workshop. We just bought a hand held saw so we can cut into walls, a chainsaw to help us sort out the trees in our garden (and give us firewood for the winter), and a drill/screwdriver. The latter is my favourite tool, that one utensil I wouldn’t do without in a workshop, as I love that it multi-tasks. (Yup, I am such a girl.) What’s not to like about something that lets me screw together my duck enclosure doors, whilst also offering me the opportunity to drill into walls and hang pictures.
Antique Tools for the Kitchen
On the flip side, like my Mum I love antique kitchen tools. She had a vast collection. Slowly, over the years she has been passing them along to me. (Lucky me!) Some I keep, some I sell in our shop (per the suggestion of my Mum).
Like my Dad’s antique tools, some I have no idea what they do. I love researching these tools, looking to find something similar, some clue to what their use is. It’s rather like being a detective. So many of the kitchen tools are definitely one-offs, e.g. someone had a bright idea and had a go.
A number of the tools I have are definitely ‘patent pending’. When you look at them, let alone when I try to use them, you realise that though a lot of thought went into its design they ended up not being very practical. Or someone improved on the design and made it easier to use.
So, if you are like me, you like antique tools or have a man in your life who has a workshop, please do check out our section on Antique Tools (and Gifts for Men). And if you are like me, and like your antique kitchen tools, we also offer some of these in our Cooking & Kitchen Gadgets.
Here’s a taste of our Vintage and Antique Kitchen Tools. (Can you guess what each tool does?)
Here’s a taste… for the workshop.
(Simply click on the the image of any vintage or antique tool you like to connect to the item in our shop.)